The Journalists

  • Gemma Birkett
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology book series (PSIPP)


While debate persists about the extent to which mass media actually set the agenda or directly influence the decisions of political decision-makers (see McQuail, 1987), it is mostly agreed that ‘by highlighting particular aspects of the information stream, the media may help to set the tone for subsequent policy action’ (Jones and Wolfe, 2010: 19). In focusing on particular problems, news organisations are able to draw attention to the different players in the policy process, and in so doing aiding, abetting or even hindering their cause (Soroka et al., 2012). As highlighted in chapter three, feminist scholars have long argued that gender inequalities are reproduced in a patriarchal media industry (Jewkes, 2004: 20), where the ‘idealised’ role of the female is reinforced.


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  • Gemma Birkett
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  1. 1.Department of SociologyCity, University of LondonLondonUnited Kingdom

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